Books by Patrick O’Brien

YOU ARE THE FIRST KID ON MARS by Patrick O’Brien
NATURE
Released: May 1, 2009

Pairing a present-tense text to photorealistic digital paintings, O'Brien invites readers to take an entirely credible journey to Mars. Read full book review >
SABERTOOTH by Patrick O’Brien
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2008

"With a cover image of a snarling tiger, attractive design and relatively small amount of text, this may be irresistible, but buy with care. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Sabertooth is actually the name for a group of large prehistoric cats, distant cousins of today's tigers. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN RAPTOR AND THE SPACE PIRATES by Kevin O'Malley
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"O'Malley and O'Brien have way too much fun here, and the Captain's legions of fans will, too. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Continuing the heroic work of making the spaceways safe for all law-abiding dinosaurs, Captain Raptor and the scaly crew of starship Megatooth return—this time in pursuit of the pirate ship Blackrot, whose bloodthirsty mob of "misshapen mutants and reptilian cyborgs" has stolen planet Jurassica's trove of jewels. Read full book review >
THE MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY by Patrick O’Brien
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Though he characterizes Bligh as a brilliant sailor, it's the Captain's severe lack of people skills that comes through most clearly; still, an adventuresome tale, well told. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 9-11)"
A specialist in nautical art, O'Brien finds a ready subject for his talents here, pairing dramatic, realistically detailed scenes of sailing ships and small boats tossed on rough waters (or anchored near idyllic Pacific islands) with a lucid account of the Bounty's troubled final voyage, and the amazing 3,600 mile journey that Captain Bligh and a small group of loyal crewmembers were forced to undertake in an open boat after the mutiny. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN RAPTOR AND THE MOON MYSTERY by Kevin O'Malley
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"Readers not yet up to James Gurney's "Dinotopia" tales will roar with approval. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Young readers drawn by the gloriously toothy dinosaur posing on the cover of this tongue-in-cheek space opera may be astonished to discover that he's the episode's hero. Read full book review >
FANTASTIC FLIGHTS by Patrick O’Brien
HISTORY
Released: July 1, 2003

"Add this to the hangar full of aviation books this year. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
O'Brien describes 17 historic 20th-century flights in chronological order. Read full book review >
DUEL OF THE IRONCLADS by Patrick O’Brien
HISTORY
Released: March 15, 2003

"A sure-fire winner for young Civil War buffs. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
A picture-book history illustrates the beginning of a new era in naval warfare. Read full book review >
MAMMOTH by Patrick O’Brien
DINOSAURS
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Libraries that have just purchased Caroline Arnold's When Mammoths Walked the Earth (p. 1026) may consider a second title covering much the same material redundant; however, O'Brien's title has less text and will better suit a younger reader. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
The author of Megatooth (1991) and Gigantic (1999) returns to prehistory to share the saga of the mammoth, an ancient relative of the elephant that wandered from Africa to Alaska before and during the last Ice Age. Read full book review >
A COLD SNAP! by Audrey B. Baird
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Curl up on a cold winter day and enjoy. (Poetry. 6-10)"
The opening lines set the stage for these perceptive, descriptive poems about winter. Read full book review >
THE GREAT SHIPS by Patrick O’Brien
THINGS THAT GO
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Armchair sailors will line up to come aboard. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Children with even a hint of the sea in their blood will pore wide-eyed over this album of dramatic ship paintings. Read full book review >
MEGATOOTH by Patrick O’Brien
FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2001

"For younger readers than Caroline Arnold's Giant Shark: Megalodon, Prehistoric Super Predator (2000). (timeline, tooth facts) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
What's bigger than Elasmosaurus, has more teeth than Smilodon, and is fiercer than T-rex? Read full book review >
THE HINDENBURG by Patrick O’Brien
THINGS THAT GO
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"For historians, inventors, and dreamers, this one will fly. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Text and illustrations capture the spirit of the zeppelin, described by inventor Hugo Eckener, as ". . . like a fabulous silvery fish, floating quietly in the ocean of air. Read full book review >
STEAM, SMOKE, AND STEEL by Patrick O’Brien
HISTORY
Released: July 1, 2000

"A pleasant book for the casual reader but not enough substance for the real train enthusiast. (Nonfiction. 4-9)"
This historical survey depicts the changing technology and appearance of locomotives from the 1830s to the 1990s. Read full book review >
GIGANTIC! by Patrick O’Brien
Released: April 1, 1999

"Readers may have to puzzle over a few scenes, but will enjoy browsing through this book, from the dramatic eyeball view of a toothy Tyrannosaurus rex on the cover to the final head-on glare from a Triceratops. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
O'Brien celebrates 14 prehistoric monsters by presenting each with a modern object or a human, thereby giving readers information about the size of these giants. Read full book review >